A thousand brands of popular music have proliferated from the electronic music movement. Like it or not, traditional music has borrowed largely from EDM production techniques to complement the typical sound of guitars, keyboards, drums and vocals with special effects. So, where does pop music end and EDM begin?
Dream pop, an alternative rock style about twenty years old, incorporates atmospheric and super-processed sound effects along with standard instrumentals and vocals. Using early elements of dark emotional groups like The Cure and The Velvet Underground, dream pop mixes psychedelic moodiness with electronic beats and sampling to create a truly innovative genre.
Some defining early dream pop bands include Galaxie 500, The Verve, The Flaming Lips and The Church. These groups used distorted, wailing guitars combined with breathy, echoing vocals and abstract, trippy lyrics to create a defining sound that harkens more to rock ‘n’ roll than electronic music.